Barcelona vs Leganes: Messi not in Valverde’s XI

first_imgBarcelona can turn their attentions back to La Liga on Sunday after successfully progressing in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, thanks to a 3-0 win over Levante at Camp Nou.Leganes are next up for Ernesto Valverde’s side, who command a two-point advantage over Atletico Madrid at the summit of the standings, having played one game fewer.They are expected to stretch that back to five points against opponents who are only three points clear of the relegation zone – though will have to do it without Lionel Messi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Barcelona vs Leganes Date Sunday, January 20 Time 8.30pm GMT / 3.30pm ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live  and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be streamed live on Eleven Sports One. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports One Squads & Team News Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Miranda, Gonzalez, Chumi Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal, Denis Suarez, Arthur, Alena Forwards Messi, Suarez, Coutinho, Dembele, Munir, Malcom Samuel Umtiti remains the foremost injury problem for Ernesto Valverde, who is without Rafinho and Sergi Samper, but Thomas Vermaelan is fit to startOusmane Dembele retains his spot in attack alongside Luis Suarez, but there is no Lionel Messi or Ivan Rakitic so Arthur Melo and Carles Alena start.Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba; Alena, Busquets, Coutinho; Arthur, Suarez, Dembele Position Leganes players Goalkeepers Lunin, Cuellar, Serantes Defenders Siovas, Omeruo, Dos Santos, Tarin, Silva, Nyom, Juanfran Midfielders Oscar, Recio, Vesga, Gumbau, Eraso Forwards Arnaiz, Merino, Ojeda, El Zhar, Braithwaite, Santos, En-Nesyri Leganes were hit with severe injury problems before beating Real Madrid in midweek and those issues have not eased much since.Midfielders Alexander Szymanowski and Ruben Perez are the most notable absentees, but they are also bereft of attackers Guido Carrillo and Diego Rolan, meaning the midweek matchwinner Martin Braithwaite will start once more.Ezequiel Munoz is struggling to be fit in the defence and Unai Bustinza, who would typically fill in, is banned.Leganes starting XI: Cueller; Nyom, Tarin, Omeruo, Siovas, Silva; Oscar, Vesga, Recio, En-Nesyri; BraithwaiteBetting & Match Odds Barcelona can be backed at 1/6 to win with bet365. A draw is priced at 7/1, while Leganes are 16/1 to cause a major upset.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview Luis Suarez BarcelonaBarcelona’s progress to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey has been mired in controversy, despite a thumping 3-0 success over Levante in midweek.Two goals from Ousmane Dembele and another from Lionel Messi gave them a resounding midweek success, though it was the 2-1 loss a week earlier that fell under scrutiny as their opponents claimed they had fielded an ineligible player in the form of Chumi, who should have been banned.The Spanish FA (RFEF) ultimately threw out the claims of their opponents but head coach Ernesto Valverde was still forced to step in and voice a defence of the club.“We acted correctly,” he affirmed. “If you look at the competition rules we did nothing wrong. Some people may interpret the rules a different way.“It needs to be made clear – not for the person who is writing the rules but for the people who are reading it.”More pressing for Barca, though, is a fixture against opponents who shocked them 2-1 in September.“We played very badly,” he remembered. “It was good during the week and we all had the feeling that we were going to win it but in a minute they scored two goals.“We have to learn from that. For us it is essential to get the points and start the second round of the season well.”Leganes, meanwhile, come into this encounter heartened by a 1-0 win over Real Madrid in midweek, although it was insufficient to knockout the capital giants from the Copa del Rey. An organised defensive side, they will hope to disarm Barcelona with their direct approach, which they have already shown this season can get the better of even the biggest teams.last_img read more

All social workers at councils where child sexual abuse able to flourish

Every social worker working for councils where child sexual abuse was able to “flourish” must be re-screened, a government-ordered inquiry has urged.Hundreds of children were sexually abused by “predatory” foster carers and residential home staff working across Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire councils. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) said sexualised behaviour by staff was “tolerated or overlooked” and, for decades, “vulnerable” children were subjected to repeated rapes as well as sexual and physical abuse.The IICSA said it had received around 350 complaints of sexual abuse from children who were under the councils’ care from the 1960s onwards.It marks the largest number of specific allegations of sexual abuse in a single investigation that the inquiry has considered to date. However, the panel concluded that the true number of victims was likely to be higher.  “We accept that the council made mistakes and should have done more to protect children from harm while they were in our care. It’s clear now that we should have closed Beechwood sooner and replaced it with the family-type homes we run today.“[…]Changes that have already happened both nationally and locally mean that children in our care today receive a standard of care that bears no resemblance to the past.” The panel published its findings today following 15 days of evidence at public hearings in October.The report made a series of recommendations as it called for all current staff to be screened and for both councils to offer their responses within six months.It concluded that both councils “should assess the potential risks posed by current and former foster carers” and said that any concerns should be flagged to the relevant body including the Disclosure and Barring Service, the local authority designated officer (LADO), the fostering panel and the police. In 2014 Samantha Morton, the Bafta and Golden Globe-winning actress has disclosed that she was sexually abused by residential care workers in children’s homes in Nottingham, where she described abuse as being “rife” within the children’s services. She was initially embarrassed but eventually told social workers, who did nothing. In an interview with The Guardian at the time, she said: “There was no support, no offer of counselling, no wanting to delve deeper … Maybe they just assumed I had been abused already, or was being, anyway.” Between the late 1970s and 2019, the report said 16 residential staff were convicted of sexual abuse of children in residential care. Ten foster carers were convicted of sexual abuse of their foster children.The panel said it was also aware of 12 convictions relating to the harmful sexual behaviour of children against other children in care.The inquiry heard about the notorious Beechwood Care Home, of which both male and female former residents described being routinely sexually abused by members of staff and being too afraid to report it.It added that the provision and consistency of support and counselling for victims “remains an issue”. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) said sexualised behaviour by staff was “tolerated or overlooked” and, for decades, “vulnerable” children were subjected to repeated rapes as well as sexual and physical abuse.  Credit:NA/NA The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) said sexualised behaviour by staff was "tolerated or overlooked” and, for decades, “vulnerable” children were subjected to repeated rapes as well as sexual and physical abuse.   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Inquiry chairwoman Professor Alexis Jay said that for decades children “suffered appalling sexual and physical abuse, inflicted by those who should have nurtured and protected them”. “Despite decades of evidence and many reviews showing what needed to change, neither of the councils learnt from their mistakes, meaning that more children suffered unnecessarily.”In response, Colin Pettigrew, corporate director for children’s services at Nottinghamshire County Council, said “These terrible events took place, in some cases, many years ago and we know that the effects remain. We are committed to working with partners to ensure that appropriate support is available to all victims and survivors.“[…]Neither councils learned from their mistakes despite five decades of evidence of failure to protect children in care from the 1960s. Despite improvements, there continue to be weaknesses in foster care practice in both councils.“We are determined to do our utmost to ensure that children in the care of this council are as safe as they can be. And swift and effective measures are now in place to deal with any allegations of abuse of children in the care of this council.”Nottingham City Council Leader, Cllr David Mellen, and Chief Executive Ian Curryer added: “We accept that the council let survivors down in the worst possible way, and for that and the ongoing impact that has had on your lives, we are truly sorry.  read more